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Anime: Angel's Egg

"This is what would happen if Tarkovsky made an anime."
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Angel's Egg (Tenshi No Tamago in Japanese) is a surreal 1985 animated film which was directed by Mamoru Oshii and featured art designs by Yoshitaka Amano. The film centers around a young girl protecting an egg in an abandoned gothic city who meets a mysterious man with a cross-shaped rifle. The rest is... a bit harder to describe, but it's extremely beautiful nonetheless.

This film contains examples of:

  • Importation Expansion: When it was brought to the US, 45 minutes of live action footage was added in an attempt to release it as a post-apocalyptic thriller. This version, called In The Aftermath: Angels Never Sleep has since been almost completely forgotten.
  • The Reveal: At the end of the movie, the camera pulls out slowly to show that the city is built on the capsized hull of Noah's Ark.
  • Scenery Porn: This is Yoshitaka Amano's and Mamoru Oshii's visual poem. With only about five minutes of dialog in its seventy minute run time the absolutely gorgeous visuals carry the film's elegant, surreal and poignant "narrative".
  • Silence Is Golden: There's less than a page of dialogue, and most of it is in one scene. The second line of dialogue is said a full 24 minutes into a 71 minute film

VoltronAnime of the 1980sArea 88

alternative title(s): Angels Egg; Tenshi No Tamago; Ptitlegg1uuwqkpyr 6
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